Hats Off To A Week Of Racy Fashions
Wednesday September 6, 2000
The holy grail of Melbourne fashion is still a perfect spring carnival hat - a fact the organisers of this year's Spring Fashion Week acknowledged when they drew up a program including at least a dozen millinery events.
Crowds have flocked to Myer for its daily hat-making workshops and two racewear shows at David Jones are also expected to draw a large audience.
Yesterday, about 200 people streamed into the Regent Theatre ballroom for a presentation of more than 100 new spring hats by members of the Millinery Association.
They were treated to a spectacular show of vivid green, fuchsia pink, bright turquoise and tangerine broad-brimmed, high-crowned numbers piled with flowers, which prove the word ``understated" has left the milliner's vocabulary this season.
More than 400 people were expected to attend a second show at the ballroom last night.
Hair has also been a star attraction of this year's event. Yesterday, there was no shortage of volunteers willing to play guinea pig to a creative team drawn from Toni&Guy salons around Australia.
Six stylists set to work, creating new looks for their models as they perched on television sets along the catwalk in the AAMI tent set up at the corner of Little Lonsdale and Swanston Streets.
Hair colors for spring 2000 have moved away from streaky unnatural looks to more convincing, solid color, one stylist said.
* Spring Fashion Week continues today with swimwear and fashion shows at Daimaru, millinery workshops at Myer, and fashion shows at 6pm and 8pm in the AAMI tent. For a full program, news and video from many events, visit theage.com.au/fashion/
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